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What are the risks of taking aloe vera?

Using aloe vera gel for a prolonged period of time can lead to allergic reactions including hives or an eczema-like rash. Injecting aloe vera can cause serious reactions including death, and there have been a few rare cases of hepatitis reported. The risk of colorectal cancer increases for individuals who use aloe vera orally for more than a year. You should report reactions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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